The Legacy of Florence McQuillen, the AANA’s First Executive Director

 

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Our historical series continues today with a detailed look back on the life and career of Florence ‘Mack’ McQuillen, the first executive director of the AANA and someone who held the position for nearly a quarter century. We’re excited to have Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA to tell us about how she helped shape the association and why she was considered by some to be a ‘benevolent dictator.’

When the AANA became too big and too busy, the organization brought in its first executive director. Now 75 years later, there have only been eight people who have held that position so it’s one of importance and longevity. McQuillen gets credited for her vision at a time when the AANA needed it and her contributions over 22 years in the position have left a lasting impact. Show historians Nancy and Sandy will take you through her career, her accomplishments, and the recognition she received along the way.

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • How she became the first executive director of the AANA.
  • Her notable achievements during her 22 years in the role.
  • A first-hand account of a meeting held for mandatory continuing education.
  • Developing a relationship with the ASA.
  • Why she considered a ‘benevolent dictator’ by many people?
  • Her awards and AANA recognitions earned.

 

Listen to our historical episode on Gertrude Fife’s lasting impact on the AANA: https://beyondthemaskpodcast.com/ep-123-gertrude-fifes-lasting-impact-on-education-and-the-aana/2880/

 

I just think we owe a great debt of gratitude to all of our executive directors. It can’t be easy.

 

 

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